Date of Award
Dissertation in Practice
Morgridge College of Education, Teaching and Learning Sciences, Curriculum and Instruction
Norma L. Hafenstein
Expectations, Mental health issues, Profoundly gifted, Rebellion, Social issues, Underachievement
Underachieving Profoundly Gifted Adolescents is a phenomenological study that explores the lived experiences of five underachieving profoundly gifted adolescents. Profoundly gifted individuals are those whose IQ scores are at the 99.9th percentile. This study was a means to explore factors that contribute to underachievement among this subpopulation of gifted students. In-depth interviews with young adults provided insight into the personal experiences of underachievement in profoundly gifted adolescents. Parents also took part in interviews to provide an additional perspective on the underachievement experience. Findings indicated five themes that contribute to underachievement among this population. Expectations were a major contributor to underachievement. In addition to expectations, social issues, mental health issues, rebellion, and motivation also emerged as contributing to underachievement in profoundly gifted individuals. All five of these contributing factors; expectations, social issues, mental health issues, rebellion, and motivation are interrelated and synergistic.
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Marisa Soto Harrison
Received from ProQuest
Soto Harrison, Marisa, "Underachieving Profoundly Gifted Adolescents" (2020). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 1838.
Gifted education, Psychology, Mental health